Hope Street worker with tote

Due to a donation from a generous community corporate partner, young people engaged with Hope Street and calling our programs home are focusing on their wellbeing, learning self-care skills via engagement in tailored fun community activities.

Over the next few months, 25 young people who are engaged with Hope Street, have experienced family violence and call our programs home will receive Pamper Hampers that have been packaged together with love and community support.  They will also choose a wellbeing experience.

The Pamper Hamper includes items to indulge the senses such as: Body Shop gift bags, thankyou hand cream and body wash, sunblock and chocolates, as well as a gift card to buy themselves a little something special of their choice.  These items are presented in a beautiful tote from HoMie.  Together all these goodies will be a symbol of support from Accor and Hope Street to  young people who access Hope Street specialist programs.

Once a young person receives their Pamper Hamper, together with their Hope Street specialist support worker, young people will identify what wellbeing activity they want to engage in. Some ideas have been a haircut and colour appointment, manicure and pedicure, a massage or a yoga class package.

“When I told Sara in our Hope to Home in Whittlesea program, who has two small children, that she had been nominated for this experience she was overwhelmed with joy.  She also said that she had never had a massage and had always wanted one.”  -- Hope Street Youth Support Worker, Whittlesea

This is the significance of the initiative. The donation from Accor Community Fund Australia will see young people choosing activities that will not only support their current mental health and wellbeing but will be an opportunity to develop self-care skills and add this to their personal toolbox of self-care. 

This is thanks to our partners Woodgrove, FiveP, HACSU. Special thanks to Accor Community Fund Australia, for their ongoing support and belief, providing this special joy and message to young people that they are valued and have the support of the wider community.   Hope Street look forward to future partnership activities with HoMie.

“A young woman I was supporting was so excited about receiving a hamper that she had spent her wellbeing fund twice over.  She is still changing her mind regarding which activity to choose. Seemingly, small investments in our young people open up opportunities and see them making great choices and gain skills.” – Oli, Youth Support Worker, Brunswick West

Stay tuned for further updates on the impacts of our Pamper Hampers and wellbeing activities.

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Posted by Hope Street Youth and Family Services on Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Photography Credit: Katie Hooper, Business Development and Partnerships Manager, and Sue Scott, Acting Operations Manager, Hope Street

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Hope to Home in Whittlesea

FEATURED PILOT PROGRAM: Hope to Home in Whittlesea

Many young people face obstacles when trying to secure stable accommodation due to no rental history, lack of affordable housing, and no employment to sustain rental leases.  The Hope to Home in Whittlesea pilot program will address these issues by:

  • Facilitating the transition of up to 30 young people (and their children) from the Hope Street in Whittlesea program or Whittlesea Housing into 1 and 2 bedroom units
  • Providing case management once they secure private rental of these units
  • Helping these young people maintain their tenancy, employment, education and training, and community connections
  • Engaging the support of community stakeholders including local businesses to address barriers contributing to youth homelessness

Please contact us if you would like to become a partner and support at risk young people and young families.

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